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Pete’s Arboblog: Awards edition

by Pete Arbogast, the voice of the Trojans

The biggest questions of me while attending the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Association annual awards lunch today at Lakeside CC in Toluca Lake revolved around whether or not the coaching staff would soon be finalized and of course, “do you think Helton was the right choice”? That was followed by those wondering about both the health and job status of Pat Haden.

My answers are, in order, soon I hope…….yes I do…..I heard he is doing just fine, and I have no idea.

Talked with Justin Dedeaux who said he saw Pat recently and said he looked great and was playing golf, so apparently that question can be put to rest for a while.

The usual suspects were there, but Vinny did not attend. There was a high school kid who approached me after the SC-Ucla game to talk shop and I invited he and his father to the function and introduced him around. He seemed non-plussed generally or hid his boyish enthusiasm well while rubbing elbows and taking pictures with as many as he could.

That Scully guy must be pretty good. He won for both radio AND TV (not that anyone sees him there) play by play. Making me a 13-time runner up. No argument here.

A clean sweep for the Dodgers as Rick Monday and Orel Hershiser won for radio and TV (not that anyone sees him there) color analysis.

Jaime Jarrin took best foreign language honors for radio. It was the only award Charlie Steiner didn’t go up and accept for the others.

Tom Kelly could not make it but we talked and traded some Kelly stories amongst our table. Mike Walden was MIA as well.

Best talk show went to Mason and Ireland. No argument here.

It was very good to see my co-workers from The Beast 980 who were nominated today along with me…Jeanne Zelakso and Bill Plaschke for radio talk show and Ted Sobel, Sam Farber and Matt Morrison for best anchor staff.

KNX won that as usual, and Randy Kerdoon did something really nice—he said the guys at The Beast are all really talented and will soon be needing jobs in the business. Nice guys sometimes win awards.

Rob Fukazaki of Channel 7 was one of those inducted into the Hall of Fame. He apparently does not do to much public speaking, and admitted to being as nervous as he has ever been, but was gracious (of course) as were all the winners.

I got to introduce “The Coach” John Kentera who was given the prep sports award. The big fella had some outstanding comments. Comedian Tom Dreesen was, and always is, funny.

Hall of Famer Jim Fox of the Kings was really good , too, and the thing HE got choked up about was when he mentioned the Kings actually won the Stanley Cup! I was right there with him!! On to number three in ’16.

Tommy Hawkins got a lifetime achievement award. He’s been with the Dodgers for almost 20 years, but you might recall was on KNBC-4 for 15 before that. He said the best ratings the station got were doing the high school games on Saturday afternoon. Hint Hint Hint.

Ann Drysdale was given a special recognition as well.

It’s a great show and even better gives us all a chance to hang out with each other without any refs involved.

The only person from SC that I saw was Tim Tessalone. They were all there last year though!


The basketball trip was worse than we thought, and now the Trojans are one game out of 1st and one game out of 10th. We’re a year away, and have to remember that. But a sweep this weekend seems imperative to stay in the race. So with that said, I’ll see ya at Galen Thursday.


The Kings win in San Jose was as big as they come last night. Serena Williams is making Maria Sharapova look bad on the court as I write this tonight. And X-Files is almost on, so I gotta go!

Garry Paskwietz

A 1988 graduate of USC with a degree in Sports Information. Worked in sports marketing for LA Lakers and Miller Brewing Company. Began covering the Trojans in 1996 with the Trojan Football Fax. Founded WeAreSC in November 1998 with stints at Scout and ESPN. Emmy-winner while covering high school football at Fox Sports West.

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